Due Date: April 6, 2018
Chairperson: John Rook (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Announcement of the Winner of the 2018 Essay Contest
This year CT COLT conducted the seventh (7th) annual WORLD LANGUAGE STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST. For 2018, students explored the following theme: Being Multilingual: Making My Dreams Come True. In a formal essay-response, students researched and wrote about the following subtopics related to multilingualism:
(1) What has multilingualism meant for you during your time in middle or high school? What are the possible benefits for our or other educational systems?
(2) What has multilingualism meant for your understanding and/or outlook on our world today?
(3) What are the potential benefits of multilingualism for countries and their citizens who participate in the global economy?
(4) How will multilingualism help you to reach your personal and professional goals in the future?
(5) Do you have any recommendations or advice for future students in your school district that will be starting to learn a foreign language, with regard to multilingualism?
Students were required to craft well-organized arguments, constructed from objective, fact-based information, in addition to drawing upon personal experience from their own learning of foreign languages. The essays were submitted by world language students from various high schools (5) around Connecticut (Southington High School, Stonington High School, St. Luke’s School, Thomaston High School, and Cromwell High School) and read by CT COLT Board Member(s). Essays were then scored according to a contest writing rubric which included the following criteria: (1) citations and accuracy of facts cited; (2) persuasiveness of arguments; (3) conventions of writing and (4) organization of essay. CT COLT and all board members would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank all student writers and their teachers for participating in this year’s contest. All students who submitted essays for this year’s contest will receive a 2018 Certificate of Participation from CT COLT.
This year’s committee is proud to announce that the winner of the 2018 CT COLT WORLD LANGUAGE STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST is Alina Vigdorchik of Southington High School. The committee and CT COLT applaud Ms. Vigdorchik for her excellent essay which references both fact-based arguments and personal experiences. In a well-argued and organized essay, Ms. Vigdorchik frames her arguments by referencing the roots of her own immigration and multilingualism as a journey that began in Eastern Europe that has taken her to the US, to high school in present-day Southington. Alina continues to make several compelling points about how learning English helped her significantly to adopt American culture and facilitated and expedited her own communication, thus allowing her to succeed in US schools. Ms. Vigdorchik continues to discuss the numerous, other benefits of multilingualism to the individual – skills enhancement, expansion of cultural and world outlook, global economy and trade, politics and diplomacy, study and work abroad, increased job prospects, improved cognitive abilities concerning problem-solving, creativity and memory, just to name several. Finally, Alina closes her essay with some advice to her fellow and to future students at Southington High School – to take advantage of opportunities that promote multilingualism (world language classes, cultural experiences, study abroad, etc.) in order to broaden one’s horizons and make a positive impact on the future and in the world.
We are pleased to present Alina with a $50 award. In addition, we are happy to provide her teacher, Ms. Kristin Bellis, with a $50 Carlex voucher. Once again, we thank all student and teacher participants in this year’s contest and look forward to next year’s CT COLT Essay Contest in 2019. Please click HERE to download a copy of Alina’s winning essay.
John R. Rook, Chair for the 2018 CT COLT Essay Contest